Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd

CSR EX­CEL­LENCE OF THE YEAR

Maritime Gateway - - Lifetime Achievement Award -

Balmer Lawrie is one such com­pany that has ex­celled in im­prov­ing the ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties of de­prived so­ci­eties while im­prov­ing san­i­ta­tion con­di­tions. Con­struc­tion of san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties was one of the ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­taken by the com­pany along with other, which draw at­ten­tion by the Jury for hon­our­ing Balmer Lawrie as CSR of the Year. Ap­par­ently, Ship­ping in­dus­try also stands ahead of others when it comes to im­prove the stan­dard of the so­ci­eties and com­mu­ni­ties in re­build­ing the na­tion. The award was given away to state-run Balmer Lawrie and Com­pany Lim­ited for their two flag­ship pro­grammes. Balmer Lawrie Ini­tia­tive for Self Sus­te­nance (BLISS) and Sa­maj Mein Balmer Lawrie (SAM­BAL) for pro­vid­ing long term eco­nomic sus­te­nance for the un­der priv­i­leged and and im­prov­ing the stan­dards and qual­ity of their life is what the two pro­grammes cater to. Un­der these pro­grammes, schools were adopted, homes, water tanks and toi­lets were con­structed in the com­mu­ni­ties where peo­ple did not have these ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties. Un­der the Swachh Bharat Ab­hiyan, about 300 toi­lets were con­structed across In­dia at pri­mary schools that helped ad­dress the prob­lem of open defe­ca­tion. Balmer Lawrie also ex­tended sup­port to projects fo­cussed on the up­lift­ment of tribal stu­dents run by friends of Tribal So­ci­ety know as EKAL Vidyalayas. In its ef­fort to pro­mote girl child ed­u­ca­tion, the firm also funded the con­struc­tion of a school in Mo­ga­pair near Chen­nai to en­sure girl chil­dren from marginalised com­mu­ni­ties gain ac­cess to the gift of ed­u­ca­tion. Balmer Lawrie sup­ports two fam­ily homes at

SOS chil­dren's vil­lage one each in Kolkata and Visakhapatnam. Two class rooms have been spon­sored un­der the Cor­po­rate Lever­age and Sup­port Scheme of In­dian In­sti­tute of Cere­bral Palsy for sup­port­ing the dif­fer­ently abled, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren suf­fer­ing from Cere­bral Palsy.

(L to R) Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd; Manas

Ku­mar Gan­guly, COO, Balmer Lawrie & Co

Ltd; Umesh Grover,

Sec­re­tary Gen­eral,

CFSAI; Raj Khalid, In­dia Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Port of An­twerp, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd,

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